A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHWEST RHODE ISLAND
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR MOST OF OUR AREA BUT NOT THE SOUTH COAST
A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR MOST OF OUR AREA
We have high confidence in an impactful storm, with the potential for localized flooding in heavy rain, potential power outages due to strong winds and accumulating snow for some.
Rain will change to snow this afternoon. Inland areas will change to snow first during the early to mid afternoon; Providence will change to snow mid to late afternoon while the coast may mix with rain/snow by the evening. Some communities have already issued parking bans.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS NOW THRU SATURDAY EVENING
Based on the forecast storm path, central MA through NH and Maine will see the highest snowfall totals with the potential for more than 6″ of snow. In fact, some spots could see more than 1 foot of snow! Where it does change to snow, it will come down heavy, with poor visibility and difficult travel conditions in the afternoon. In fact, there is a chance that snowfall rates could exceed 1″ per hour, especially in northern Rhode Island. Thundersnow is not completely out of the question!
Wind gusts could exceed 60 mph for Cape Cod and Plymouth County Massachusetts. Further west in RI and Bristol County, MA we’re expecting gusts 40-50 mph.
WIND GUST FORECAST SATURDAY: Scattered power outages possible
Rainfall totals will be between 1″ and 2″ with isolated amounts to 3″. That will lead to localized street and poor drainage flooding. In addition north and northwest winds will increase through the day with isolated power outages and wind damage possible.
SNOW CHANCES BY SATURDAY EARLY EVENING
The snowfall forecast for this storm is very tricky, because temperatures will only be marginally cold enough to support a change to snow. A slight shift in the storm’s track could make a big difference in how much, if any snow falls. Please check back in for updates on this part of the forecast!!!
Here’s what we’re thinking. Northern RI could see 4-6″ with 8″ possible as you get closer to Burrillville/Pascoag R.I into northeast Connecticut. Further south, expect a coating to 2″. Around 2-4 inches is expected in the Providence area, but it’s likely that not all of that will stick to the roads. Little to no accumulation expected at the coast.
POWER OUTAGE RISK DUE TO WET HEAVY SNOW FAR NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND: 4-6 inches of snow expected in northern RI, northeast CT by early Saturday evening. Amounts of 8″ possible as you get closer to the Burrillville /Pascoag area. The texture of the this snow will be wet, heavy like wet paste. It will cling easily to limbs and powerlines increasing the risk of power outages
Lingering rain and snow early in the night will taper off by about midnight. Winds will still be gusting to 30-45mph and temperatures will drop to the upper 20s to low 30s by dawn on Sunday.
Dry, windy and cool on Sunday.